Shocking figures published by the Welsh Liberal Democrats reveal that nearly 1,400 patients in Wales are being forced to wait over a year until the start of their treatment.
These unacceptable figures are despite the Welsh Labour Government's own target that not a single patient should wait longer than 36 weeks until the start of their treatment.
The figures also show that 9 patients in the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg area have been waiting over 2 years and still haven't received their treatment.
Kirsty Williams, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, said:
"Month after month we see the Welsh Government's 36 week target being missed. However these figures show the problem is even worse than once thought.
"My concern is that the Welsh Labour Government seems entirely clueless on how to turn things around. Waiting lists are piling up and there is little sign of the situation improving.
"This is why the Welsh Lib Dems want to establish a Commission to secure long-term plan for health and social care in Wales. A Commission with cross-party, professional and patient representatives would work together and deal with the strategic problems facing our NHS in Wales. By involving doctors, nurses and patients from the outset, we would ensure that the experiences of those using our front-line health services feed into the efforts to reform our NHS."
How many are waiting in your area?
Abertawe Bro Morgannwg (Swansea, the Gower, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend) - 545 patients
Aneurin Bevan (Monmouthshire, Newport, Caerphilly, Blaenau Gwent, and Torfaen) - 298 patients
Betsi Cadwaladr (north Wales) - 61 patients
Cardiff and Vale - 423 patients
Cwm Taf (Rhondda Cynon Taff and Merthyr Tydfil) - fewer than 5 patients
Hywel Dda (Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire) - 63 patients
Powys - 84 commissioned patients
Kirsty Williams AM added:
"These figures are nothing short of a national disgrace. It is completely unacceptable that nearly 1,400 people are being forced to wait over a year before being treated.
"Whether it is inadequate cancer care, poor ambulance response times or dire A&E waiting times, the Welsh Labour Government is failing to provide the health service that patients in Wales deserve."